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glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room
November 2, 2017 | By CSilberman

It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.

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DCSD Earth Week
April 13, 2017 | By CSilberman

It's Earth Week, and members of DCSD's Sustainability team have big plans they can’t wait to share with the community. On April 18, 19 and 20, attendees will discover student-led initiatives such as solar-powered cell phone charging stations and other initiatives that have created real change at their schools, urban garden kits and beehive sourcing information, and vendors like Denver Botanic Gardens and Red Apple Recycling.

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Better Buildings text based logo
December 14, 2016 | By CSilberman

The U.S. Energy Department recently launched the Better Buildings Zero Energy Schools Accelerator. Six school districts, including Douglas County School District, plus two states and several national organizations are working collaboratively to develop zero energy design that is cost-competitive to conventional construction in the education sector and in local communities across the nation. A Zero Energy Building is an energy-efficient building, where on a source energy basis, the actual delivered energy is less than or equal to the onsite renewable exported energy.

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November 28, 2016 | By mkrueger

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August 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

Highlands Ranch High School science teacher, Heather Berry, was honored for her work by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality in a ceremony at the White House this week. She is one of just 18 teachers from across the country who was recognized for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. 

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April 22, 2016 | By CSilberman

Douglas County School District and our Office of Sustainability wish you a very happy Earth Day! Take a look at green efforts at schools around DCSD and link to some Earth-friendly info and tips!

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March 7, 2016 | By CSilberman

Cherry Valley Elementary has been named a 2016 Healthy School Champion by the Colorado Education Initiative and has won the $500 Excellence Award for our school health efforts. The school was one of just 43 schools to receive this award.

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Sand Creek Elementary students celebrate Green Flag
May 6, 2015 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Members of Sand Creek Elementary School’s Green Team recently swarmed the flagpole. After months of hard work, each of the students wanted a chance to help raise their new Green Flag.

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April 28, 2015 | By rmbarber

A mother at Sedalia Elementary says the school’s garden is behind a remarkable turnaround in her health.

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April 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

This week marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day and the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has plenty to celebrate. DCSD is a national leader in school sustainability, which is about more than just being environmentally friendly. It is also about saving money.

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April 21, 2015 | By rmbarber

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September 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

The U.S Department of Education showcased Douglas County School District’s sustainability efforts this week by visiting several of our schools as part of their Green Strides Best Practices Tour.

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Chicken coop at Heritage Elementary School
May 27, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – Teaching students the importance of sustainability is a big part of the 21st century learning skills being taught at Heritage Elementary. The school is raising chickens to produce eggs for sale and the chickens are also fed by some of the food scraps generated at lunch.

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May 19, 2014 | By rmbarber

Recently Castle Rock Elementary School (CRE) became the fourth school in the Douglas County School District to receive the prestigious Green Flag Award.

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May 14, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH - During a celebration on Thursday, May 8, Heritage Elementary officially received the Green Flag Award from Eco Schools and the National Wildlife Federation.

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April 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

This month, two Douglas County schools were honored for their sustainability efforts, including efforts to reduce energy consumption and waste.

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April 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

On Earth Day, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Larkspur Elementary was one of 48 schools across the nation to receive a Green Ribbon Award this year.

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SCE students with Congressman Gardner
February 27, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

HIGHLANDS RANCH – U.S. Congressman Cory Gardner met with Sand Creek Elementary fifth graders yesterday to learn more about DCSD sustainability efforts.

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August 27, 2013 | By Anonymous

Douglas County School District’s Planning and Construction Department completed more than 45 projects over the summer break.

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District News

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award. 

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.